Brian Naylor http://wrur.org en A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://wrur.org/post/rising-gop-star-oklahoma-aims-us-senate The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.<p>Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.<p>On Saturday night, the Comanche County Republican Party held its annual barbecue. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 5855 at http://wrur.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://wrur.org/post/toyota-justice-department-reach-settlement-recall The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has reached a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota, settling a federal probe into the company's handling of a recall for faulty gas pedals. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 5740 at http://wrur.org Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House http://wrur.org/post/behind-curtain-clinton-white-house Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Clinton Library and the National Archives released some 4,000 documents today from the Clinton administration. Among other things, the papers the deal with the Clinton's defeated healthcare reforms and then First Lady Hillary Clinton's image. They're part of a trove of documents and the first of several batches to be made public. NPR's Brian Naylor has been going through them and he joins me now. Brian, welcome.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.<p>BLOCK: And why the release now? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 5578 at http://wrur.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail http://wrur.org/post/putting-brake-who-can-see-your-cars-data-trail At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, carmakers are happy to demonstrate the technology in their vehicles. A spokeswoman for Buick points out some of the safety features in the new Regal:<p>"Automatic crash preparation," she says. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 5273 at http://wrur.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried http://wrur.org/post/tighter-access-death-master-file-has-researchers-worried The "Death Master File." It sounds like a ledger the Grim Reaper might keep, but in reality, it's a computerized list containing some 86 million names and other data kept by the Social Security Administration.<p>An obscure provision tucked into the budget deal that Congress approved last month would limit access to the list — and that has everyone from genealogists to bankers concerned.<p>When someone dies, that person's Social Security number, name and dates of birth and death are passed on to Social Security by funeral homes, hospitals and families. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 5131 at http://wrur.org Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost http://wrur.org/post/fcc-proposes-am-radio-changes-give-band-boost AM radio once played a central role in American life. The family would gather around the Philco to hear the latest Western or detective drama. The transistor radio was where baby boomers first heard the Beatles and other Top 40 hits. And, of course, there's no better way to take in a ballgame.<p>But the AM band is not what it used to be. Now, it's mostly a mix of talk shows and infomercials. According to the Federal Communications Commission, in the mid-1980s, AM radio still claimed 30 percent of the nation's radio listening hours. By 2010, that had dwindled to 17 percent. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 4725 at http://wrur.org FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service http://wrur.org/post/how-kennedys-assassination-changed-secret-service Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a moment that left an indelible mark on those who remember it.<p>It also permanently changed the agency charged with protecting the president — the U.S. Secret Service.<p>Looking back at the images of Kennedy, first lady Jackie Kennedy, Texas Gov. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:51:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 4368 at http://wrur.org How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service On Capitol Hill, A Statue And A Rock God Bring Politicians Together http://wrur.org/post/capitol-hill-rock-god-and-statue-bring-politicians-together Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, an unlikely scene unfolded as a bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday. The entertainment: Roger Daltrey. Who? Yes, Roger Daltrey of the 1960s rock band The Who. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 4252 at http://wrur.org Government Workers Must Get The Wheel Turning Again http://wrur.org/post/government-workers-must-get-wheel-turning-again Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, with the government funding and debt ceiling deal now reached, passed and signed, government agencies are set to reopen. But don't expect all federal offices to take your calls just yet. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: University of Alabama geologist Samantha Hansen has been conducting a research project in Antarctica that, in one way, is like most everything else, funded by the federal government. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:45:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 4079 at http://wrur.org Shutdown Takes A Toll On GOP In Virginia Governor's Race http://wrur.org/post/shutdown-takes-toll-gop-virginia-governors-race With the government shutdown now in its 11th day, <a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20903624-nbcwsj-poll-shutdown-debate-damages-gop?lite" target="_blank">polls show</a> that voters think Republicans bear the biggest share of the blame.<p>Nowhere is this more apparent than in Virginia — a state that's home to some 172,000 federal civilian workers and where federal spending is a big part of the economy. In the race to be Virginia's next governor, GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli is falling in the polls.<p>Marsha Rippy, a legal assistant in Hopewell, Va. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 3997 at http://wrur.org